Vegan Cheetos Alternatives so Good, You'll Think They're the Real Thing

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Yes, even vegans can enjoy Cheetos... sort of.

I've been vegan for almost 7 years.

It's become such a part of who I am that I don't even think about it anymore.

When I initially went vegan, it wasn't for health matters. I love animals and wanted to protect them at all costs, so I opted for the diet and lifestyle.

It wasn't easy and I had my fair share of battles to endure, but here I am still trucking along.

People often ask if I miss any foods. In the beginning, I didn't have as many options, so I longed for the days better alternatives to my favorite snacks and treats would be available. Fast forward to today and I can't think of a single thing that doesn't have a vegan alternative.

One of the most important vegan alternatives in my life are those of Cheetos.

I was (and still am) a huge fan of the crunchy, cheesy chip, so it was tough to give them up—especially Hot Cheetos.

Thankfully, plenty vegan versions of Cheetos exist, so I'm here to save the day by offering my seven favorite options below!

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1. Vegan Rob's Cheddar Puffs

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Vegan Rob's chips are probably one of my favorite things in existence. Their cheddar puffs are to die for, and while they don't taste exactly like Cheetos, they get the job done. As a fan of Hot Cheetos, I can't get enough of their dragon puffs.

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2. Hippeas' Vegan White Cheddar

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A clever play off the word hippie, Hippeas are made with organic chickpeas. I'm not kidding when I say I could eat an entire room filled on these puffs in one sitting. They are dangerously addictive and incredibly delicious. Trying to find the excess in moderation isn't easy when there are bags of these guys around.

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3. Peatos' Fiery Hot

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Peatos was designed to be a healthier version of Cheetos, and I love them for it. Mainly because they offer another vegan option to Hot Cheetos—their Fiery Hot crunchy snacks. They're so good, look and taste almost exactly like Cheetos, but they're a little bit more nutritious for you. How could you pass them up?

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4. Earth Balance's Vegan Aged White Cheddar Flavor Puffs

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Earth Balance has and always will be one of my favorite brands. I purchase their peanut butter, butter, and snacks on the regular. Their vegan white cheddar puffs are simply to die for and, once again, completely addictive. I will purchase a large bag and it'll be gone within a day.

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5. I Heart Keenwah's Sweet Chili Puffs

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These aren't exactly like Cheetos, they're far from it, actually. But I love these circular morsels nonetheless. Their sweet chili ones are the closest to being Cheeto-like, but I'm really obsessed with their sea salt truffle flavor. They're. So. Good.

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6. Cheetos Flamin' Hot Puffs

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I know what you're thinking, "Aren't these just Cheetos?" Yes, yes they are. The only difference is that the U.K. brand of hot Cheetos are in fact vegan. Bet you didn't know that, did you?

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